Charity is forced to close its pet hospital

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A PET hospital run by a charity has been forced to close due to a lack of staff.

The PDSA Pet Clinic in Middle Street, Southsea, will close for up to six months from Monday, with services transferred to the charity’s larger pet hospital in Cowplain.

The charity has said that all eligible clients can continue to access its vet services through the Cowplain facility.

It attributed the temporary closure to ‘staffing shortages among the vet team.’

Area vet manager, Helen Armstrong, said: ‘We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but maintaining a high quality of care for our clients and pets remains our highest priority. We have notified all affected pet owners directly.’

A sign up at the hospital on Saturday said it would be open between October 17 and 21 to update clients, but it stresses no flea treatment or medication will be handed out.

It also directs people how to get public transport to the Cowplain facility, which it says costs about £3-£4 return.

It also says: ‘This client will reopen when sufficient veterinary staff have been recruited.’

PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, providing 2.7m treatments to 470,000 pets annually. For more go to